Interpreting Qualitative Data

Welcome to the companion website for the fifth edition of Interpreting Qualitative Data by David Silverman.

This website offers a range of teaching and learning materials for both lecturers and students, including the following:

  • Methodspace page: link to a Methodspace group for the book ( where readers can give feedback, discuss issues and pose questions about their research directly to the author.
  • Additional case studies and examples: engaging and relevant case studies to help illustrate the main concepts in each chapter.
  • Full-text journal articles: full access to selected SAGE journal articles related to each chapter, providing students with a deeper understanding of key topics.
  • Links to useful websites, podcasts and YouTube videos: an assortment of direct links to relevant websites for each chapter.
  • Student exercises: thought-provoking questions for each chapter that are intended to help students think critically about their own research.
  • Model answers: to exercises found in this book.
  • Helpful tips: valuable considerations for students doing their own research.
  • Recommended reading: suggestions for further reading.


About the fifth edition

‘A wonderful book on qualitative research methods and the interpretation of qualitative data. A Classic!’
Dimitris Boucas, Department of Management, London School of Economics

‘Vintage Silverman and top-notch as a result, this latest edition of Interpreting Qualitative Data is as welcome as ever.  Comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and reader-friendly, Interpreting Qualitative Data is the quintessential student text for qualitative research.’
Jay Gubrium, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri

In this fifth edition of his field-defining text, David Silverman, a true guru of qualitative research, walks the reader through the basics of gathering and analysing qualitative data. The book offers beginners unrivaled hands-on guidance to help them get the best out of a research methods course or research project.

New to the fifth edition:

  • A streamlined structure to aid navigation and guide readers smoothly through the research process.
  • A new chapter on generalising from case-study research that addresses the perennial issue of ‘how many cases do you need?’
  • New material on doing qualitative research online and the ethics of internet research.
  • Additional sections covering organisational documents and documents of everyday life, including blogs and diaries.
  • Many more recent case study examples drawn from a broad range of disciplines including business, education, social work and geography as well as health studies.
  • A new and improved companion website, full of additional resources for students and lecturers.

This is the perfect companion for all those new to qualitative research. 

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.



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